About Interaction Design, Inc.

Hal Shubin, principal designer and owner

Hal ShubinHal Shubin is the principal and founder of Interaction Design, Inc., a UX consulting firm near Boston, Massachusetts. His focus is creating great user experiences and helping clients incorporate UX design into product development. Download Hal's resume (pdf).

His experience includes Web and mobile apps, desktop software and hardware devices. Hal has developed successful methods for user experience design and customer research. These methods have evolved with the move to the Web and mobile apps.

Before becoming a designer, Hal was a software engineer, working on expert systems (artificial intelligence). This background gives him a unique ability to understand what is behind the designs and to talk with engineers about implementation details. Hal has an MS in Computer Science, a BS in Chemistry and an AAS degree in Biological Technology.

Hal was involved in the early years of the web, and wrote a still-cited paper on how designing for the web differs from designing for desktop systems. Working with the late Ati Gropius Johansen (daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius), Hal taught a tutorial on color in UI design at the CHI 96 conference; shortly after that, Hal, Ati and graphic designer Debbie Falck wrote a paper on color in UI design. (See links below.)

Hal worked on some of the first Web applications, back when the Web was first being used for commercial purposes. Projects included an early HTML editor, and one of the first online applications of the familiar mail-order catalog order process.

Outside of work

Work is fun, but there are other things to keep us busy. Hal chair of the Market Committee of the Belmont Farmers' Market, is a founding director of the Belmont Food Collaborative, (a food assitance and education non-profit) and was President of the Acton Community Supper (a food pantry and meals program).

Hal was a Library Trustee for 18 years in Belmont and Maynard, Mass., and was a founding member of the Belmont Library Foundation. He loves to cook, watch baseball, listen to music and read newspapers (in print!).


Follow Hal on LinkedIn. Contact him about consulting opportunities: 617 489 6595 or hal@halShubin.com.

Publications and Patents

System and method for storing electronic contact information into an electronic address book. Spencer, Eric and Shubin, H. US Patent #6,349,299, February 19, 2002.

Assessment of end-user response to sports highlights extraction for personal video recorders. Shubin, H.; Divakaran, A.; Wittenburg, K.; Peker, K.A.; Radhakrishnan, R., 2008. Proc. SPIE 6506, Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems.

ACM DL Author-ize serviceThe prospects for unrestricted speech input for TV content search
Kent Wittenburg, Tom Lanning, Derek Schwenke, Hal Shubin, Anthony Vetro
AVI '06 Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces, 2006

ACM DL Author-ize serviceWeb navigation: resolving conflicts between the desktop and the Web
Hal Shubin, Ron Perkins
CHI '98 CHI 98 Conference Summary on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1998

ACM DL Author-ize serviceDynamics of color
Ati Gropius Johansen, Hal Shubin
CHI '96 Conference Companion on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1996

ACM DL Author-ize serviceSPA: a systems for diagnosis of computer performance problems
Jeffrey Dawson, Hal Shubin
IEA/AIE '89 Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on Industrial and engineering applications of artificial intelligence and expert systems - Volume 1, 1989

IDT: an intelligent diagnostic tool, Hal Shubin, John Wade Ulrich. August 1982. AAAI'82: Proceedings of the Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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